Being an au pair is an amazing life-changing experience. Before you get nervous about the cost, we'll let you in on a little secret: you can earn over US $10,000 during your year in the US. That's right! The au pair program is one of the few types of US government-sponsored J-1 programs where you can live with an American family, have an amazing cultural immersion experience, and earn money while providing au pair care. You will negotiate your pay rate with your employer/host family and they will pay you the weekly amount that you both agreed upon, which could total over US $10,000 a year.
Before you can become an au pair in the US AuPair Program, connect with host families, and arrive in the United States, you will need to apply as an au pair online and pay the application fee. GreatAuPair USA program fees for au pairs are about as low as you will find anywhere.